I've been meaning to write down all the books I read in February and the beginning of March, and life has just been demanding that I do other things... like you know, catch up on work. =) So my grand plans of telling you how fabulous all of these books are foiled, but rest assured that THE GRAVEYARD BOOK is made of awesome, and Lynne Jonell's two volumes remind me strongly of an American Roald Dahl. Which is a very high compliment on my part, and I recommend that any of you with children pick up copies of her two books. And Neil Gaiman needs no endorsement, of course. And honestly, every book on this list is just plain good. =)
7. THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman
8. EMMY AND THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING RAT by Lynne Jonell
9. EMMY AND THE HOME FOR TROUBLED GIRLS by Lynne Jonell
10. HA'PENNY by Jo Walton
11. HALF A CROWN by Jo Walton
12. FIRST COMES MARRIAGE by Mary Balogh
13. SKINNED by Robin Wasserman
14. LIVING DEAD GIRL by Elizabeth Scott
An advisory note for LIVING DEAD GIRL: The book is good. It is, in fact, something close to masterpiece. But it is about a highly potent topic, so I feel the need to give the same warning that the editor who gave it to me passed along.
LIVING DEAD GIRL is about a girl who was kidnapped when she was ten years old, sexually abused, and is still living in her kidnapper's clutches at the age of fifteen. It is dark and it is disturbing, but I couldn't put it down once I picked it up. Elizabeth Scott's writing is gorgeous, and she masterfully uses various POVs to tell the story. At times, it's almost like reading a prose poem. It made me cry. I didn't want to read about what happened to the little girl, but I couldn't stop because the writing was *that* good. I can't recommend it highly enough, but if you read it, you should know what it's about.
(I'm probably forgetting some book or other here, so expect it to be added on later.)